It looks like Sony are really taking no chances with their new handheld. After recently pushing out firmware update 1.80 for users which finally offered PS1 classics, the company has now issued a no nonsense security update to 1.81.
As like previous security and stability updates, the company has once again kept their statement to a bare minimum, leaving the community to ponder what the real meaning is behind the swift update. If you have been following the PS Vita underground scene recently, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Sony has issued this update to specifically block a new exploit which allows for custom tools and software to be used.
It turns out that users running the 1.80 update could once again gain access to the infamous VHBL exploit using the Monster Hunter Freedom Unite game on the PSN. Access had previously been available using similar exploits with MotorStorm and Everybody’s Tennis, with Sony promptly yanking them from the PSN store.
Monster Hunter has now suffered the same fate and we can confirm that 1.81 is a mandatory update so you’ll have to update your Vita if you want to make use of any online features on the system. This is the latest chapter in the ongoing cat and mouse game between the hackers and Sony, and there doesn’t appear to be any sign whatsoever of the pattern slowing down.
Sony’s own PlayStation Mobile software was also recently cracked open to allow desktop remote support, which then allowed users to play PC games and emulators on the Vita. The main priority for Sony is obviously to ensure that these exploits do not lead to direct PS Vita game piracy – then it really would be game over.
So far, it hasn’t been managed, but it does seem like Sony’s days are numbered doesn’t it? If you have been interested in using custom software on your Vita, but have so far held off from installing anything, give us your latest reaction to the 1.81 update.